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Are E-Cigarettes Safe and Healthy?

This blog was contributed by Dr. Armistead Williams, neurologist and director of Bon Secours DePaul Stroke Center. Many smokers are turning to e-cigarettes, thinking that they are a safer, healthier solution to their smoking addiction and easier way to quit smoking. Though e-cigarettes do eliminate tobacco, they may not be as safe as many users […]

Antibacterial Soaps May Do More Harm Than Good

The Food and Drug Administration has announced a proposed rule that would require manufacturers of antibacterial soaps and body products to prove that their products are safe for long-term use and that they are more effective than regular soaps. Many consumers turn to antibacterial products to prevent the spread of germs, especially during cold and […]

Temporary Tattoos May Pose Health Risks

Federal health authorities are warning the public to be careful when it comes to temporary tattoos, particularly ones made with “black henna.” Although these types of tattoos are popular during spring break, many people have reported serious and long-lasting reactions such as: redness, blisters, weeping lesions, loss of pigmentation, increased sensitivity to sunlight and permanent […]

FDA Issues Warning Against Fraudulent Flu Products

Federal health officials warned the public this week that many scammers are taking advantage of flu season by selling fraudulent flu products that have not been tested nor approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Found online and in retail stores, these products may be marketed as dietary supplements, or conventional foods, drugs, nasal sprays […]

Be Wary of Online Pharmacies, FDA Warns

It’s tempting to save money by purchasing from an online pharmacy, but federal health officials warn that consumers could be risking their health or the well-being of someone else. In a recent FDA survey, nearly one in four Internet consumers has bought prescription medicine online. The chances of buying medications from a rogue pharmacy are […]

SimplyThick Risky for All Infants, FDA Warns

Food and Drug Administration officials are reminding the public to be aware that all infants may face a higher risk of developing a life-threatening condition if fed SimplyThick – a product that is supposed to help babies swallow their food and keep it down. More than 20 infants have developed necrotizing enterocolitis after being fed […]

Concerns About Heart Device Component

New research is raising questions about the safety of a heart device coating used in a component sold by St. Jude Medical. Dr. Robert Hauser of Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis has been following a number of cases reported to the Food and Drug Administration, in which a material used to coat wires in the […]

FDA Warns of Fentanyl Patch Poisoning

Protect children from accidental poisoning by making sure to properly dispose of skin patches that contain medicines. Food and Drug Administration officials issued a warning that young children have died or become ill from exposure to patches that contain fentanyl – a powerful opioid pain reliever that is used to treat patients who are in […]

FDA Renews Warning for Liquid Acetaminophen

Take extra caution when administering liquid acetaminophen products for infants. The Food and Drug Administration has renewed a warning about the potential for dosing errors because not all products have the same concentration. Consequently, some caregivers may accidentally give a child too much liquid medication. Always consult your doctor if you have questions about safe […]

How to Safely Dispose of Unused Medicine

Many are often confused about how to properly dispose  of their old or unused medicines. Should they throw them in the trash, crush them up, or flush them? Expired, unwanted, or unused medications can pose a serious health risk especially to those living with small children. Unfortunately, confusion about how to dispose of these drugs […]